Expo Stage & Demos

 

Monday 4 September

13:30 – 13:50

EXPO STAGE
Siebe Gorman - The past, the present & the future of breathing apparatus

Siebe Gorman is the oldest company supplying respiratory protection equipment having been established over 190 years ago which included suppling the Proto respiratory technology to the Tunnelling crews during the 1st & 2nd World Wars.

The current company was purchased in 2004 by the present Australian Owner and CEO John Harvey. Following the purchase a new factory was established in Malaysia. Since then Siebe Gorman has been responsible for developing a new business model designed to re-establish Siebe Gorman as a major supplier of respiratory protection equipment.

The new business model focuses on delivering products and Technology of the highest quality which improve the health and wellbeing of the end users. In reference to improving the Health and Wellbeing the Future SCBA Technology the SIEBE GORMAN Team is developing are Lighter and the other features have the end user in mind.

Siebe Gorman is a historical company that strives to provide the best.

Mark Amatrudo, Chief Fire Officer NYFD

Mark Amatrudo is a seasoned executive in the fire rescue products market as well as being an active chief fire officer. He held senior executive management positions with a number of publicly-held companies before focusing his efforts on consulting for first responder product companies. For the past ten plus years, he has provided operational, marketing, strategic planning and other consulting services to those companies.

Specifically, Mr. Amatrudo is a third generation chief fire officer with almost 45 years of volunteer and career fire service experience, 26 of which he has served as a chief fire officer. He is well known throughout the Northeastern United States as an accomplished fire instructor, emergency management director and chief officer. He has provided training to firefighters, police and fire officers from almost every state in the United States and most Canadian provinces as an instructor for the state and National Fire Academies, in addition to delivering numerous seminars at international fire service training conferences.

Mark has an interesting background. He worked in private industry after college and for most of his adult life, starting in one of the “Big 8” international CPA and consulting firms before becoming the Vice President of Finance for an international division of a Fortune 500 company. Ultimately, serving as CFO of a publicly held communications company.

For over 10 years, Mr. Amatrudo ran a consulting firm focusing on marketing, business strategy, financial and M&A projects mostly for companies that manufacture products for first responders. During that time, he also held significant interim executive positions as Vice President of Marketing & Sales for Hale Pump/Hurst Rescue Tools and Vice President & Division General Manager for a New York Stock Exchange listed power systems company.

In 2005, he accepted a position as a career Deputy Fire Chief and has held that position for the past ten years, splitting his time between that role and laying the groundwork for the assembly of a group of first responder product companies since then. In addition, he has worked with colleagues on at least 2 market changing inventions that have been patented and are ready for the prototypes to be finalized and the products commercialized.

Mr. Amatrudo has been fortunate enough to have received various recognitions and a number of awards, including Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities, Connecticut Fire Instructor of the Year, Holmatro “Golden Pin” Rescue Award, appointment to the Governor’s Council for Citizen Corps, National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, National Public Safety Honor Guard Academy, public safety career counsellor.

Mr. Amatrudo is a chief fire officer, MBA, CPA and has achieved the highest level of national fire officer certification. He is a renowned instructor, university lecturer and the author of two public safety related books. Working with a small group of current and former financial professionals, CEOs, operating executives and first responder industry veterans, Mr. Amatrudo and his colleagues are finalizing the creation of the International Responder Protective Product group of companies as the negotiations for financing are being completed/finalized. In connection with that, there are a number of first responder PPE company owners and executives throughout the world that were contacted previously and responded favorably to the opportunity to become part of the IRPP group of companies who will now will be offered the option to do so.

14:00 – 14:20

EXPO STAGE
Getting to the core of flame retardant protection

With flammability regulations continuing to evolve, fabric manufacturers must keep pace with change. Failure by fabric makers to meet global standards can impact their reputation, license to operate and, ultimately, their bottom line. Farther down the value chain, compliance is also paramount to companies with employees working in industrial environments, as are considerations such as comfort, durablity and affordability.

The Solvay PROBAN® team worked with polymer-cotton textiles to demonstrate the location of the flame retardant within the cotton and the performance of the polymer-cotton composite material. Studies using scanning electron microscopes reveal that flame retardant cotton offers enduring protection for textiles, even after exposure to heat and flames and 100 wash-dry cycles. The effectiveness of the polymer-cotton composite material is the result of an in-situ polymerisation that forms a fully integrated flame retardant/fibre composite material.

Robert Hicklin, Solvay PROBAN®

A member of the Solvay PROBAN® team for nearly 30 years, Robert Hicklin currently serves as the Technical Service Manager for PROBAN®. In this capacity, Robert plays an instrumental role, supporting the PROBAN® network of licensees. He provides technical support, including quality and performance testing, customer site technical support and process development. Robert’s experience in textiles also extends beyond PROBAN®. He previously worked for Coats Vyella and Smith & Nephew Textiles, and holds an Honours Degree in Textile Technology and qualifications in dyeing and finishing.

14:25 – 14:55

EXPO STAGE
Innovation Competition 

15:00 – 15:20

EXPO STAGE
Protecting London – London fire brigades’ response to terrorism

London has long been a significant target for acts of terrorism. These attacks have taken many forms, from the high profile IRA bombings of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s to the smaller scale ‘lone-wolf’ type attacks perpetrated by individuals in support of a particular grievance or cause. London Fire Brigade (LFB) has had a significant part to play in the response to these atrocities and was often the first emergency service on scene. It was, therefore, imperative that LFB had plans in place for dealing with the damage and destruction caused, whilst ensuring the safety of its firefighters and officers.

The nature of the terrorist threat faced by London changed significantly in the late 90s and early 2000s and, specifically, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in New York. This required a very different response from the London Fire Brigade and an exponential increase in the planning, capability, role and training of London’s firefighters and officers.

Retired London Fire Commissioner, Ron Dobson, was responsible for the development of London Fire Brigade’s response following the 9/11 attacks and, in this presentation, he will describe the development of new capabilities required to face the changing threat. He will also discuss the challenges faced in making such a fundamental change to the role of London’s firefighters and officers.

Ron Dobson, Retired Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade

Ron Dobson, was the London Fire Commissioner until 2016, leading the largest and busiest fire and rescue service in the United Kingdom; one of the largest firefighting and rescue organisations in the world.

He joined the London Fire Brigade in 1979, rising through the ranks before appointment as the Assistant Commissioner responsible for Operations Policy in 2000. In 2003, he took on the responsibility for Service Delivery and managed all of London’s day-to-day firefighting and rescue operations, and was senior operational commander for the Brigade’s response operations during the 7/7 London bombings in 2005. In 2007, Ron became Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade and worked to modernise the Brigade and improve performance and productivity, particularly in areas such as training and community fire safety.

Ron is a Fellow of the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE), Co-opted Director on the IFE Board, and Past President of the IFE London Branch. He was also a Board member of Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), CFOA’s lead officer for fire & rescue service-related counter terrorist matters and a member of the Department of Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) Strategic Resilience Board. He was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal for services to Local Government and, in 2011, was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE). Ron is a member of the Worshipful Company of Firefighters, a Freeman of the City of London and patron for the charity, Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust (RAFT).

15:25 – 15:55

EXPO STAGE
Innovation Competition 

Tuesday 5 September

9.30 – 9.50

LIVE OUTDOOR DEMO
DSPA Oceania - Under Water Fire Suppression

This demonstration will be feature a drum with water and a fuel source added to it. The fuel source is then ignited and a DSPA unit is placed into the drum.

The DSPA unit will discharge and come up through the water in the drum and extinguish the flame.

10:00 – 10:20

EXPO STAGE
Future truck technologies for fire service

Simon’s presentation will cover the future technologies being adopted in trucks, and their potential impact on Fire Fighting vehicles.

Simon Humphries, Isuzu Australia Limited

Simon Humphries is a professional engineer with twenty five years’ experience in the heavy vehicle industry. Roles in this time include senior engineer and fleet manager of the Royal Australian Air Force vehicle fleet, Product Planning and Engineering Support Manager at Isuzu Australia, then Business Manager, East Coast for Wesfarmers LNG. Simon was Chief Technical Officer at the Truck Industry Council (TIC) for over three years from 2010 to 2013. He returned to Isuzu Australia in late 2013 to his current position.

Isuzu Australia Limited is the official importer and distributor for the Isuzu brand of trucks, which have been the Australian truck market leader for 28 years. Simon’s role is responsible for the specifications of the entire range of Isuzu trucks sold in Australia, including local testing, compliance, product development and technical support.

In addition to his Aeronautical Engineering degree from RMIT University, Simon completed a Master of Business Administration qualification in 2001 and is a regular speaker at industry events and conferences.

10.30 – 10.50

LIVE OUTDOOR DEMO
Session TBA

11.50 – 12:10

LIVE OUTDOOR DEMO
PVSTOP

Ten years ago, it would have been unlikely for fire and emergency services agencies to attend an incident involving a PV array. Today, with over 1.6 million residential solar systems alone, fire and emergency services agencies are responding to incidents involving PV systems on a weekly basis.

Currently there are no standards or legislation that deal adequately with the safe deactivation of the power produced by solar panels. As long as solar panels are exposed to light, they continue to produce potentially lethal amounts of DC electricity. In professional terms this risk is known as the “DC Danger Zone”. In this live demonstration, the team will outline the operational concerns that PV technology is creating for emergency services. They will discuss the current risks associated with solar PV systems and demonstrate the new solution – PVStop. PVStop is the only fast, effective and safe solution that significantly improves both operational procedures and firefighter safety. We invite you to come along to this Live Demonstration and learn how PVStop is making solar energy safe.

12:20 – 12:40

EXPO STAGE

Soldier On veteran employment program and regular/workplace giving opportunities to support Soldier On

Sol Hanks, Soldier On Australia

Solomon Hanks served in the Australian Army for 7 years and is a veteran of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. After leaving the military, Solomon pursued his education, graduating from the University of New England in 2016 with a Bachelor of Organisational Leadership.

Solomon is passionate about veterans affairs and particularly the welfare of our modern-day veterans. As the Business Development Manager for Soldier On, Solomon applies commercial acumen to his experience as a veteran. Combining this with advocacy through regular speaking events, Solomon strives to enhance awareness and gain support for contemporary veterans as they reintegrate back into our communities.

12:40 – 13:00

EXPO STAGE
Virtual and augmented reality - smoke and mirrors or future of training

In this session James will talk about next generation training aid specifically designed for hot fire training – FLAIM Trainer™.

FLAIM Trainer™ is offered by FLAIM Systems Pty Ltd and has been developed in partnership with Deakin University’s Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI). FLAIM Trainer™ uses VR/AR to provide firefighters the capacity to train situations and scenarios that are inherently unsafe and difficult to reproduce. The system allows users to experience heat, jet reaction force, breathing apparatus lung demand, and sound generating a more realistic environment which results in higher user immersion and acceptance to deliver a better training outcome. Trainees maintain a higher level of situational awareness, develop muscle memory and are more capable in performing real tasks after exposure to training in virtual environments.

James Mullins, Deakin University

Associate Professor James Mullins is an applied robotics engineer with a background in medical, industrial and first responder robots, simulation systems and related technologies. Working for Deakin University’s Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation, James has been designing, building and supporting robot technology and simulation systems and environments for the Australian law enforcement community for over 15 years. With a strong interest in using next generation technologies to solve real world problems, James works with a team of 75 engineers, scientists, mathematicians, programmers and machinists within IISRI, a team with the potential to rapidly bring technology to the end user. James is passionate about both providing technology solutions but also the ethical, social and personal implications of the introduction of new capabilities. As the Chief Technology Officer of FLAIM Systems, James uses virtual reality and augmented reality for fire fighter training with projects for both domestic and international fire agencies and the military. James lives in Geelong Victoria and enjoys travelling and showcasing technology to the world. James is a 3rd generation fire fighter an is currently the 1st Lieutenant of the Grovedale Fire Brigade (CFA) having served over 23 years.

13:00 – 13:20

LIVE OUTDOOR DEMO
Australasian road rescue organisation (ARRO) road crash rescue

The Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO) Road Crash Rescue (RCR) demonstration will feature a Fire & Rescue NSW road rescue team perform a rescue of a manikin (simulated casualty) entrapped within a vehicle. The entrapment is created by the compression of the bodywork around the casualty which in this case is simulated by the collision of the vehicle into a standing object, a power pole.

To perform the rescue in a timely manner, the team must winch the car sideways, clear of the pole so the rescue work (disentanglement and extrication) can be undertaken.
The team will demonstrate how to overcome the problem of a damaged/deflated tyre digging into the ground when winching a car sideways.

The team will demonstrate a new rescue technique for releasing a casualty’s legs that have been trapped by compression during a side impact collision. This new technique, developed in New Zealand, is being showcased in Australia for the first time here at AFAC 2017.

During the demonstration, ARRO assessors will provide a commentary as to the objectives and tactics being deployed by the crew.

1:55 – 2:15

EXPO STAGE
Your financial future

This session will focus on the financial health of emergency service employees and the benefits that Firefighters Mutual Bank, can provide to families within the emergency service family.

All stages of a person’s life cycle will be covered from commencing in the workforce to achieving home ownership, to building Superannuation, to working with you in retirement.

We invite all conference participants to attend and learn how the benefits of “Mutual Banking” can play an important part in your life and that of your fellow workers.

Jim O’Connell, Firefighters Mutual Bank

Jim has over 35 years’ experience in the financial services sector. Having worked in a diverse range of management roles at various financial institutions, Jim became CEO of the Fire Brigades Credit Union in 1995 representing NSW firefighters and their families.

During this time Jim led the growth of the Fire Brigades Credit Union in both memberships and assets, growing them tenfold. Through his tireless leadership he then successfully steered the Credit Union through a merger with Teachers Mutual Bank and became the General Manager of Firefighters Mutual Bank in 2016.

As a strong advocate for mutual and member-based banking institutions, Jim is passionate about the unique benefits a mutual bank structure offers its members – including high-quality customer service, and investing profits into better member services and community projects.

As the General Manager of Firefighters Mutual Bank he has enjoyed the opportunity to assist firefighters obtain home ownership over many years, and is now assisting the children and family members of our long term members to achieve their own financial goals.

Leading a team who now have national capabilities Jim and the team are ready to help emergency services workers achieve their long term financial dreams.

14:25 – 14:45

LIVE OUTDOOR DEMO
FLAIM Trainer simulator

FLAIM Trainer is a firefigher training simulator which provides an immersive virtual reality environment combined with a patented haptics feedback system, breathing apparatus and heated personal protective clothing, to provide a unique training experience not yet replicated. FLAIM Trainer is a safe, low cost, mobile and distributed solution that can simulate a range of fire events and conditions for training firefighters.

14:55 – 15:15

EXPO STAGE
The evolution of a uniform

Geoff will share a historical perspective on the evolution, function and performance characteristics of uniforms and personal protective clothing, both at work and play.

Geoff Van Der Kolk, The Workwear Group

Geoff Van der Kolk has learned a bit about workwear, uniforms and personal protective clothing over a 40 year industry career in job roles spanning technical and manufacturing management, through to divisional general management. Currently employed in new business development with Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety (WWG), Geoff has a background in fire, emergency services and military combat, dress, operational and PPC clothing.

16:05 – 16:25

EXPO STAGE
The secret to super ninja firefighter CPR

This session has been designed for everyone as a fun, interesting and interactive experience to explain the importance and promotion of cardiovascular health among fire fighters. We will discuss and outline the effect of the fire environment on the fire fighter and why they as firefighters are at a higher cardiovascular risk compared to the larger community.

We will them continue by discussing a new innovative disrobing and resuscitation technique designed by firefighters and paramedics for firefighters, to give a down colleague the very best chance of survival, while managing the restraints of a resuscitation effort on a fire ground environment. Finally we will outline the subsequent validation study bata testing, conducted at Charles Sturt University accessing the efficiency’s and potential outcomes of the drill.

Glen Beasley, Charles Sturt University

Glen Beasley is a Firefighter, who has served for 13 years in the Emergency Services Industry, both in a volunteer and professional capacity within public service and private enterprise. Glen has gained experience ranging from urban, suburban, rural, and industrial emergency response. His background includes aspects such as firefighting, rescue, hazmat, mines rescue, wild-land firefighting, emergency medical response, public education and emergency preparedness. While working as a Firefighter, Glen has also continued to expand his knowledge and scope of practice completing a Bachelor’s of Clinical Practice (Paramedicine) at Charles Sturt University Bathurst. As well as his firefighting duties, he is also currently working as a paramedic for the New South Wales Ambulance Service. Glen has a strong belief that it is important to push the industry forward by taking an evidence-based approach to find the best possible practice to improve safety whilst maintaining and refining efficacy. By doing so, Glen believes that not only is this improving the industry, it is also paying tribute to the firefighters that have forged this honourable and vital profession.

Wednesday 6 September

9:15 – 9:35

EXPO STAGE
Electricity networks: bushfires and natural hazards

Electricity is a critical “lifeline” service and delivery of that service can be impacted by bushfires and natural hazards, with rapid restoration a major focus.
Electricity networks also start fires, some of which become bushfires. Network companies cut power to communities as part of their approach to reducing the risk on high fire danger days, making tackling any fire and coping with heat much harder at an already challenging time.

Dr Jill Cainey, S&C Electric Company

Dr. Jill Cainey is Global Applications Director – Energy Storage at S&C Electric Company, working in the Asia-Pacific office in Melbourne to develop key markets and arrangements for storage and power quality. She represents energy storage on technical groups at the Australian Energy Market Operator and Regulator.

As the UK expert on the low carbon electricity systems and storage she has influenced energy policy, regulation and the commercial treatment of electricity storage in the UK and Europe. Jill is also a research fellow with the CSIRO with over 20 years of experience internationally, working in Australia, NZ, UK and Europe, in atmospheric science and climate change. Jill is very interested in the interaction of extreme weather and electricity systems and is keen develop robust networks for the future.

9:45 – 10:05

LIVE OUTDOOR DEMO
Session TBA

10:15 – 10:35

EXPO STAGE
The importance of moisture barriers within the fire fighting PPE

This presentation will highlight the necessity of moisture barriers within fire fighting PPE and the protection, which a moisture barrier provides. The basic technology of moisture barriers will be outlined including how they work and why are they are now a requirement within Fire Fighter PPE. There are many real-life firefighting cases within Australia and throughout the world where moisture barriers have saved lives or where moisture barriers would have changed the outcome of events. Abby will also give a brief overview of some of these experiences from fire fighters world-wide.

Abby Hannah, Stedfast

Abby Hannah joined Stedfast Inc in August 2015 following the completion of a BSc Biochemistry. Throughout her time at Stedfast she has managed business relations within the UK as well as Europe and Australia making an effort to speak to as many fire fighters on the ground as possible. Stedfast has been successful in securing tenders throughout the globe with advanced barrier technologies in sectors such as the fire service, military, police and medical. Abby has a wide knowledge of moisture barrier technology within the fire service sector and has a passion for the importance of moisture barriers within fire fighter PPE to ensure the safety of all fire fighters.

10:45 – 11:05

LIVE OUTDOOR DEMO
DSPA Oceania - under water fire suppression

This demonstration will be feature a drum with water and a fuel source added to it. The fuel source is then ignited and a DSPA unit is placed into the drum.

The DSPA unit will discharge and come up through the water in the drum and extinguish the flame.

11:35 – 11:55

EXPO STAGE
How partnering drives success for the London fire brigade

Ron Dobson, CBE QFSM FIFireE, recently retired London Fire Commissioner, ran one of the largest firefighting and rescue organisations in the world; the London Fire Brigade. He will be joining AFAC 2017 to discuss how partnering with the private sector drives efficiencies, and enhances service delivery and performance, in the London Fire Brigade; particularly in fleet and asset management and maintenance, and training.

The London Fire Brigade is the largest and busiest fire and rescue service in the United Kingdom. With almost 5,000 staff and a fleet of specialist vehicles and equipment, it responds to over 180,000 emergency calls and 20,300 fires a year. They must manage these demands by ensuring that their fleet is operational and ready, and staff are trained and available.

The presentation will look at how the London Fire Brigade partners with Babcock to address these challenges, under a 21-year vehicle fleet maintenance and a 25-year training agreement. The two organisations work hand-in-hand in the management, planning and delivery of asset and training services, with Babcock investing over £15m in upgrading regional training facilities and in two dedicated facilities for real fire.

Ron Dobson, Retired Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade

Ron Dobson, was the London Fire Commissioner until 2016, leading the largest and busiest fire and rescue service in the United Kingdom; one of the largest firefighting and rescue organisations in the world.

He joined the London Fire Brigade in 1979, rising through the ranks before appointment as the Assistant Commissioner responsible for Operations Policy in 2000. In 2003, he took on the responsibility for Service Delivery and managed all of London’s day-to-day firefighting and rescue operations, and was senior operational commander for the Brigade’s response operations during the 7/7 London bombings in 2005. In 2007, Ron became Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade and worked to modernise the Brigade and improve performance and productivity, particularly in areas such as training and community fire safety.

Ron is a Fellow of the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE), Co-opted Director on the IFE Board, and Past President of the IFE London Branch. He was also a Board member of Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), CFOA’s lead officer for fire & rescue service-related counter terrorist matters and a member of the Department of Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) Strategic Resilience Board. He was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal for services to Local Government and, in 2011, was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE). Ron is a member of the Worshipful Company of Firefighters, a Freeman of the City of London and patron for the charity, Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust (RAFT).

12:05 – 12:25

LIVE OUTDOOR DEMO
PVSTOP

Ten years ago, it would have been unlikely for fire and emergency services agencies to attend an incident involving a PV array. Today, with over 1.6 million residential solar systems alone, fire and emergency services agencies are responding to incidents involving PV systems on a weekly basis.

Currently there are no standards or legislation that deal adequately with the safe deactivation of the power produced by solar panels. As long as solar panels are exposed to light, they continue to produce potentially lethal amounts of DC electricity. In professional terms this risk is known as the “DC Danger Zone”. In this live demonstration, the team will outline the operational concerns that PV technology is creating for emergency services. They will discuss the current risks associated with solar PV systems and demonstrate the new solution – PVStop. PVStop is the only fast, effective and safe solution that significantly improves both operational procedures and firefighter safety. We invite you to come along to this Live Demonstration and learn how PVStop is making solar energy safe.

12:35 – 12:55

EXPO STAGE
Effective aerial firefighting platforms for today’s urban and rural wildfires

Wildfires are threatening valuable resources and homes all over the world. This session will inform firefighting agencies of Columbia Helicopters’ new aerial firefighting platform as an effective and efficient new tool.

Founded in 1957, Columbia Helicopters, Inc. owns and operates a fleet of Type I heavy-lift tandem rotor helicopters: the Columbia Model 107-II, Columbia Model 234 and Boeing CH-47D Chinook. Columbia Helicopters has been providing aerial firefighting services for over 30 years with its fleet of 107-IIs and 234s configured with Bambi buckets.

With the recent availability of surplus Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters retiring from the US Army, Columbia Helicopters acquired eleven of these helicopters to add to its fleet of tandem rotor wing helicopters. Columbia Helicopters partnered with Simplex Aerospace to build the Fire Attack System, an internal water tank for the CH-47D Chinook platform.

The supply of Boeing CH-47Ds from the United States Army has given the industry and operators a new platform that has a long history of proven performance and reliability. This presentation will discuss the applications of a Tanked CH-47D Type I High Volume helicopter where it complements other aerial firefighting platforms to provide a comprehensive firefighting arsenal for agencies across Australia and the world.

Santiago Crespo, Columbia Helicopters, Inc.

Santiago joined Columbia Helicopters in May 2015 as the Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. As VP of Business Development and Marketing, Santiago is responsible for developing and executing marketing strategies to position the company for growth in Aerial and MRO services.

Previously, Santiago was with Erickson Aviation as the VP and GM of Oil and Gas. He has also served as the Global Key Account Director for CHC Helicopter and as the Director of South American Sales and Marketing for Evergreen Helicopters. He holds an undergraduate degree from Catholic University in Ecuador and an MBA from University of Portland. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

Keith Saylor, Columbia Helicopters, Inc.

Keith Saylor earned his Commercial Pilot (Helicopter) and Flight Instructor ratings from Sacramento Executive Helicopters in 1994. He worked there as a flight instructor for three years prior to commencing his employment at Columbia Helicopters.

In 1997, Keith joined Columbia Helicopters as a BV-107 and BV-234 copilot on various projects including logging, firefighting, construction and oilfield support. He became a BV-107 Command Pilot in 2000 and a BV-234 Command Pilot in 2006. During his time at Columbia Helicopters, he has worked throughout the United States, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Mexico. Although he has experience in most aspects of Columbia Helicopters’ helicopter operations, he developed his knowledge and expertise in the areas of heavy helicopter firefighting and oil and gas support operations.

In early 2008, Keith accepted the position of Fire Operations Manager that included market development and oversight of Columbia’s firefighting operations. In July of 2014, he was promoted to Director of Commercial Operations. In this role, he has responsibility for the oil and gas and aerial firefighting business units, with direct oversight of those operations at all US and international locations.

13:10 – 14:00

LIVE OUTDOOR DEMO
Australasian road rescue organisation (ARRO) road crash rescue

The Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO) Road Crash Rescue (RCR) demonstration will feature a Fire & Rescue NSW road rescue team perform a rescue of a manikin (simulated casualty) entrapped within a vehicle. The entrapment is created by the compression of the bodywork around the casualty which in this case is simulated by the collision of the vehicle into a standing object, a power pole.

To perform the rescue in a timely manner, the team must winch the car sideways, clear of the pole so the rescue work (disentanglement and extrication) can be undertaken.
The team will demonstrate how to overcome the problem of a damaged/deflated tyre digging into the ground when winching a car sideways.

The team will demonstrate a new rescue technique for releasing a casualty’s legs that have been trapped by compression during a side impact collision. This new technique, developed in New Zealand, is being showcased in Australia for the first time here at AFAC 2017.

During the demonstration, ARRO assessors will provide a commentary as to the objectives and tactics being deployed by the crew.

14:00 – 14:20

EXPO STAGE
Siebe Gorman - The past, the present & the future of breathing apparatus

Siebe Gorman is the oldest company supplying respiratory protection equipment having been established over 190 years ago which included suppling the Proto respiratory technology to the Tunnelling crews during the 1st & 2nd World Wars.

The current company was purchased in 2004 by the present Australian Owner and CEO John Harvey. Following the purchase a new factory was established in Malaysia. Since then Siebe Gorman has been responsible for developing a new business model designed to re-establish Siebe Gorman as a major supplier of respiratory protection equipment.

The new business model focuses on delivering products and Technology of the highest quality which improve the health and wellbeing of the end users. In reference to improving the Health and Wellbeing the Future SCBA Technology the SIEBE GORMAN Team is developing are Lighter and the other features have the end user in mind.

Siebe Gorman is a historical company that strives to provide the best.

Speaker: Rick Halton, Siebe Gorman

14:30 – 14:50

LIVE OUTDOOR DEMO
FLAIM Trainer simulator

FLAIM Trainer is a firefigher training simulator which provides an immersive virtual reality environment combined with a patented haptics feedback system, breathing apparatus and heated personal protective clothing, to provide a unique training experience not yet replicated. FLAIM Trainer is a safe, low cost, mobile and distributed solution that can simulate a range of fire events and conditions for training firefighters.